Basic English Grammar: Pronoun – 3
Important Basic rules in Pronoun
The pronouns who, that, and which become singular or plural depending on the subject. If the subject is singular, use a singular verb. If it is plural, use a plural verb.
1) Most of the Hindu students who study in these Madrasas are first generation learners.
Distributive pronouns such as each, either and neither always take singular verbs in accordance with the subject.
1) Either of us is capable of doing the job.
The words such as yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs and whose these possessive pronouns will not need apostrophes.
e.g: His research work is considered ‘revolutionary’, while hers is ‘risky’.
Reflexive pronouns are used when both the subject and the object of a verb are the same person or thing.
e.g: Joe helped himself.
ii) Don’t use myself unless the pronoun I or me precedes it in the sentence.
e.g: More than that it was a competition which made me push myself beyond
We don’t use possessive pronouns before nouns.
e.g: Incorrect: The feudal system that is ingrained in ours society is responsible for the denial of social justice in the name of caste.
Correct: The feudal system that is ingrained in our society is responsible for the denial of social justice in the name of caste.
We use no one, nobody, nothing and nowhere to refer to an absence of people, things or places. We use them with a singular verb:
e.g: There was nowhere to park the car.
We don’t use nobody, no one, nothing, nowhere after no, not, never or other words which have a negative meaning (hardly, seldom). We use anyone, anybody, anything, anywhere:
e.g: Incorrect: I can’t do nothing.
Correct: I can’t do anything.
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